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Kimberly Deterline

Partner & Executive Consultant

Kimberly Deterline joined Courageous Leadership as a Partner and Executive Consultant on our Courageous Belonging work. Kimberly is the Communications Director for State Campaigns for Alliance for Safety and Justice. She has spent over 20 years working on criminal justice reform and communications and training people to build public will for social change policies across race and political affiliation. 


Kimberly Deterline served as Deputy Communications Director for the successful bipartisan Amendment 4 campaign in FL to restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions other than murder and sex offense. Kimberly helped garner support and pass the measure with over 70% of the voters. 


Her clients have included criminal justice reform organizations across the country, the American Bar Association, the Ford Foundation, the Innocence Project and Van Jones, former co-host of CNN’s Crossfire and host of the Van Jones Show.. She founded and directed a communications training firm called We Interrupt This Message in San Francisco and New York which helped reform juvenile and criminal justice policy across the country, free innocent young men jailed due to racial prejudice and challenge and change biased news coverage. 


Kimberly spent 5 years in New Orleans during Katrina working on communications with juvenile justice organizations to close two notoriously violent youth prisons, increase alternatives to incarceration and transform the state juvenile justice system from violent and punitive to rehabilitative while reducing recidivism rates. 


She has co-produced two videos on shifting the narrative on racial justice related issues: The Moreno-Pacheco Story: A Case Study of Principles for Dealing with Race and Media and Sudden Custody Death? The Justice for Aaron Williams Campaign. Her articles on narrative change and communications have appeared in three books including Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice.